Whether you’re here for just day or two, a short break or an extended stay, there are plenty of things to see and do with the children, whatever the weather


Clitheroe Castle Museum
A visit to Clitheroe Castle Museum will take you on a stimulating journey through 350 million years of British history. This historic landmark makes for a great day out as both parents and children can adventure through the castle and learn about the area’s incredible heritage.

Ribchester Roman Museum
There has been a museum at Ribchester for over 100 years offering one of the most educational and interesting Roman displays in the North West and a collection of Roman artefacts unrivalled in Lancashire.


Bowland Wild Boar Park
Situated in the picturesque Trough of Bowland next to the river Hodder, the park is home to a wide variety of wildlife such as deer, llama, goats, meerkats and of course the wild boar for which the park has become famous.

Thornton Hall Country Park
A family run, spotlessly clean, award winning country farm park just a stone’s throw from the Ribble Valley on the border of Pendle and the Yorkshire Dales. Experience hands on animal encounters on a traditional working farm, hitch a ride for an adventure experience, or relax with a cup of tea.


Located in the village of Chatburn for over 100 years, Hudson’s Ice Cream is a real ice cream destination. All the ice cream is made on site using natural ingredients and Hudson’s has become a bit of an ice cream institution among the people of the Ribble Valley.
Hudson’s Ice Cream 2 Downham Road, Chatburn BB7 4AU
01200 441305

Mrs Dowson’s
All Mrs Dowson’s ice cream is produced using milk from the family run dairy farm. With up to 50 flavours ranging from the traditional to the unusual, favourites include pear drop and fruity strawberry.
Mrs Dowson’s
Hawkshaw Farm, Longsight Road
Clayton le Dale BB2 7JA
01254 812407

Bashall Barn
Located at the entrance to the Trough of Bowland, Bashall Barn is not just an ice cream lover’s paradise but a real foodie destination. See how the milk is transformed into delicious ice cream and enjoy breathtaking views across the Ribble Valley.
Bashall Barn
Bashall Town, Clitheroe BB7 3LQ
01200 428964


Nature just got closer! On the site of an old quarry an environment has been created which provides a habitat for lots of different wildlife. Hides, paths and viewing points have been built to allow you to get up close and personal with wildlife without disturbing it.

Gisburn Forest
Located within the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Gisburn Forest offers fantastic mountain biking and walking with beautiful views. Glide easily along mellow trails by Bottoms Beck, twist and shout through Park Wood or dance with your bike down Hully Gully.



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